Coin Specifications

Category: Seated Liberty Half Dollars (1839-1891)
Mint: Philadelphia
Mintage: 1,815,150
Catalog: KM-107
Obverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Reverse Designer: Christian Gobrecht
Composition: Silver
Fineness: 0.9000
Weight: 12.5000g
ASW: 0.3617oz
Melt Value: $5.34 (9/4/2015)
Diameter: 30.6mm
Edge: Reeded
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1873 ARROWS 50C MS obverse 1873 ARROWS 50C MS reverse

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Description & Analysis

The year 1873 was a seminal one in U.S. numismatics. Henry R. Linderman began his second term as Mint director, serving until 1878. The Latin Monetary Union, comprising France, Italy, Belgium, and Switzerland, adopted a gold standard. The 'Crime of '73' legislated the two cent piece, trime, and silver half dime out of existence, omitted the Seated Liberty silver dollar from the list of authorized coins, introduced the Trade dollar, and increased the weight of minor silver coinage. The half dollar's weight increased from 12.44 gm to 12.50 gm of .900 fine silver. The Trade dollar contained 27.22 gm of .900 fine silver--an excess of nearly 9% compared with the silver content of two half dollars--ensuring that it would not circulate domestically.

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Price Guide

Last Updated: 11/25/2014

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1873 ARROWS 50C MS
Base $ 40.00 57.50 70.00 120 280 450 480 550 730 1200 1550 1950 3950 17250 35000 - - - -
$ 310 490 525 600 800 1325 1700 2150 4500 19000 38500 - -

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Total Graded: 274
Low Grade: PrAg
Average Grade: 55
High Grade: 66

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9/20/2015 MS 64   Heritage Auctions 2015 September 17 - 20 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - Long Beach Session(3), 1224/Lot# 4362

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1/11/1997 PCGS MS 64   Heritage Auctions 1997 F.U.N. Signature Sale #165, 165/Lot# 6177 $4,312.50
8/7/2000 NGC MS 65   Heritage Auctions Philadelphia 2000 #232, 232/Lot# 6006 $9,660.00
5/31/2004 PCGS MS 64   Goldberg May 31 - June 2, 2004 Pre-Long Beach Coin and Currency Auction, 25/Lot# 736 $2,990.00
5/11/2008 PCGS MS 61   Heritage Auctions Sunday Internet Coin Auction #68053, 68053/Lot# 63357 $1,035.00
6/3/2010 NGC AU 58   David Lawrence Rare Coins Thursday - Internet Auction # 485, 491/Lot# 6308 $785.45
10/28/2012 PCGS XF 45   Teletrade Auction 3371, 3371/Lot# 1989 $260.00
2/22/2013 NGC AU 50   Stack's Bowers The March 2013 Baltimore Auction, 181/Lot# 7205 $235.00
6/29/2014 NGC Details UNC Details  GreatCollections GreatCollections Coin Auctions 06/29/2014, 187/Lot# 197633 $650.00

NGC Registry

NGC Registry Score 1873 ARROWS 50C MS
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Grade: MS 62
Points: 2161
Owner: Whidbey Island Collection
Grade: MS 62
Points: 2079
Owner: jacmitch
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